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  • Posted in thread: Exploding carboy! on 11-09-2006 at 11:55 PM
    A friend brewed for the first time Saturday at our local brew club's Teach A Friend To Brew
    session. His beer went into a glass carboy. Within 24 hours it exploded in his clothes closet.
    Sugary wort/b...

  • Posted in thread: Iodophor ?? on 11-09-2006 at 11:50 PM
    I have a reservoir for the beer to be bottled. I start by putting Iodophor sanitizer in it to
    santize the reservoir. Then I use the bottling cane to fill 12 bottles. This takes about 3 or 4
    minutes. T...

  • Posted in thread: Oxiclean Question on 11-09-2006 at 11:07 PM
    Oxyclean is very close to dishwasher detergent powder. It is a mixture of sodium carbonate and
    sodium percarbonate. Some of the powdered brewery sanitizers and washes are pretty much the
    same thing. S...

  • Posted in thread: RPM reduction options? on 11-09-2006 at 11:04 PM
    I use a paint stirrer ($7) in a variable speed electric drill that has worn out bearings. I fix
    it to my boil pot using combination of 1/2" copper tubing, wood and miscellaneous hardware.
    Total cost o...

  • Posted in thread: aluminum immersion chiller on 11-09-2006 at 10:53 PM
    Not really. Aluminum tubing is probably more brittle than copper tubing.

  • Posted in thread: cleaning the carboy on 11-09-2006 at 10:48 PM
    Buy a carboy brush. It will reach every surface on the inside of the carboy.Bleach isn't very
    good for removing organic deposits. Diluted ammonia works pretty well. Do not mix bleach and
    ammonia!

  • Posted in thread: Fridge/Freezer Tempurature Difference on 11-09-2006 at 10:45 PM
    The thermostats don't measure differential temperature, so that won't work. Go to a homebrew
    store and drop $55 on a Johnson Controls unit that in effect replaces the original thermostat.
    (Unless you ...

  • Posted in thread: False Bottom on 11-09-2006 at 10:42 PM
    I've been using a Phil's Phalse Bottom (from Listermann, check the web) for years. It works
    fine. There are also SS ones for a bit more. My plastic one collapsed once, and Listermann
    replaced it free....

  • Posted in thread: Good deal? on 11-09-2006 at 10:40 PM
    For a good comparison of different types of home made mash tuns, get the 1995 "Great Grain
    Issue" of Zymurgy. For $20 you can get a 5 gallon water cooler, or $40 for a ten gallon one.
    $20 for a Phil'...

  • Posted in thread: Sanitizing Hands? on 11-09-2006 at 10:33 PM
    You can't really sanitize your hands. Scrub them well, and don't touch anything that has been
    sanitized.

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